Minority Business – Filling The Empowerment Glass

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

February 16, 2015: 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Minority entrepreneurs discuss business challenges & opportunities of advancing diversity while being very effective competitors and the local outlook for persons with shared goals.


Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus
201 East Loop Road
Wheaton, Illinois

Event Details

Ronald Reagan first described a job as the best social program. But since his era, what progress has been made and remains to be achieved towards economic opportunity via the self help efforts of entrepreneurship by the historically deprived? How can the payoffs from support targeted to such be magnified and accelerated? And how does increased workplace diversity benefit all organizations?

Join us to hear two business owners whose personal experiences bear witness to such questions. Their presentations will review the evolution of local conditions and the related impacts at both the individual and social levels. As part of our audience you will be informed about important issues like:

•Special challenges and opportunities of minority entrepreneurship
•Minority business stereotypes and their degree of accuracy/bias
•Gains available to your firm working with/on behalf of minority enterprise
•Effective local sources of support for aspiring and current minority business owners

Panel Discussion, February 16, 2015, 6:15-9:00 P.M.


Booth alumni and faculty and Entrepreneurial Roundtable members: $15 until February 11, then $5 more.

General public: $20 until February 1, then $5 more.


Register Online

You can save $5 if you register by February 11.

Deadline: 2/16/2015


6:15 PM-7:00 PM: Networking with light refreshments

7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Panel discussion with Q&A

Speaker Profiles

Arabel Alva Rosales (Panelist)
President/CEO, AAR and Associates LTD

AAR has developed technology infrastructure and proprietary software management tools for major corporations and government agencies since 1999. Arabel is also the co-founder/principal of Latino Fashion Week, the only full week program and tour dedicated to Latino fashion in the U.S. She serves on boards such as the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Business Development Center and has won over 30 local and national awards for her civic and business contribution. Arabel earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Loyola University-Chicago and her JD from DePaul University College of Law.

Ava Youngblood (Panelist) '85
Founder, CEO, Youngblood Executive Search

Ava has led her retained executive search/development/retention firm focused on senior executive and board level talent since 2002. She had previously worked for two decades in increasingly responsible roles across a wide range of business functions in the global petrochemical industry for BP Amoco. She is active in community leadership with special distinction at alumni organizations, being a recipient of Northwestern University's 2009 Alumni Service Award. Frequently sought as a public speaker, she has often been featured in print and electronic media. Ava earned a BS in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University and a MBA from Chicago Booth.


Greg Gocek, '85